Job Opening

Posting Title: Capacity Development Officer, P4 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Management
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 October 2017 - 02 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Programme Management-DM OUSG-87279-R-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the secretariat of the Headquarters Committee on Contracts and Headquarters Property Survey Board (HCC/HPSB), Office of the Under-Secretary-General, Department of Management. The incumbent reports to the Chairman of the Headquarters Committee on Contracts and Headquarters Property Survey Board. The focus of the job is to lead the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, operations and other activities in an assigned functional area.


Within delegated authority, the Capacity Development Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Further develops, reviews, implements and evaluates the strategy for the capacity development programme of the HCC/HPSB secretariat, in consultation with relevant stakeholders; monitors and analyzes programmes on implementation of activities of the HCC/HPSB secretariat; reviews relevant documents and reports from review committees, both at Headquarters and in the field; identifies problems and issues to be addressed through capacity development activities and initiates corrective actions, as appropriate;
•Liaises with staff from various offices, including the UN Procurement Division, Department of Field Support and field missions, Offices Away from Headquarters, tribunals and regional commissions on planned outreach activities; facilitating workshops through other interactive session and ensures follow-up actions.
•Monitors and Analyzes recommendations of the Headquarters and Local Committees on Contracts and of the Headquarters and Local Property Survey Boards to identify systemic trends and issues, and presents information gathered to relevant stakeholders.
•Coordinates policy development with regard to the work of the committees on contracts and property survey boards, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research studies,
•Generates survey initiatives related to the effectiveness of the HCC/HPSB secretariat’s capacity development activities; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems and/or issues and prepares recommendations and conclusions.
•Organizes and prepares written outputs and procedure-related documents, such as starndard operating procedures (SOPs), reports on the Field Assistance Missions and guidelines documents, as required.
•Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, including the biennial LCC Chairs’ Conferences, to include developing and proposing action plans and agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations, aimed at achieving overall goals and targets.
•Develops and oversees the implementation of the local committee on contracts and local property survey board training programme in peacekeeping missions, including the development and maintenance of e-learning resources, as well as the updating of the community of practice. Manages and guides the further development of e-learning projects.
•Coordinates activities related to the HCC/HPSB secretariat’s budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports) and prepares related documents/reports.
•Performs other duties as required.


•Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of financial regulations and rules, procurement process and procedures. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, law, management, economics or a related field. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, administration or related area is required. Experience in planning, managing and conducting training programmes, organizing conferences and monitoring/analyzing information and data is desirable Experience in e-learning projects is desirable. Experience working in international or governmental organizations, particularly with regard to the acquisition process, is desirable.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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